Computer simulation of reef growth
Article first published online: 14 JUN 2006
Volume 39, Issue 3, pages 503–512, June 1992
How to Cite
BOSSCHER, H. and SCHLAGER, W. (1992), Computer simulation of reef growth. Sedimentology, 39: 503–512. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3091.1992.tb02130.x
- Issue published online: 14 JUN 2006
- Article first published online: 14 JUN 2006
- (Manuscript received 26 October 1990; revision received 4 March 1992)
Light is one of the major controls on reef growth and carbonate production. The growth of present reef builders depends largely upon the amount of light available for photosynthesis. As light decreases with water depth, so does reef growth.
The computer model presented extends this principle by combining two functions, one for photosynthesis and the other for the extinction of light in water. The model is used to simulate the growth of Alacran Reef, Mexico, two reefs of the Great Barrier Reef and the reefs of the windward platform of St Croix, US Virgin Islands. The model also gives an accurate simulation of the growth of fore-reef walls in Belize, in agreement with the accretion hypothesis developed for this feature.